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Forum: Ride reports 09-04-2014, 01:48 PM
Replies: 161
Views: 16,295
Posted By VladM
I'm having the same issue. No idea what's causing...

I'm having the same issue. No idea what's causing it, but I'm pretty sure it's not supposed to behave like that :(
Forum: Ride reports 09-04-2014, 08:30 AM
Replies: 161
Views: 16,295
Posted By VladM
Awesome Eldor, thanks for figuring that out....

Awesome Eldor, thanks for figuring that out. Knowing I can do that with the addition to being able to edit my posts indefinitely I can now copy everything from my blog here.

BTW, I got the "I...
Forum: Ride reports 09-04-2014, 06:56 AM
Replies: 161
Views: 16,295
Posted By VladM
I have experienced the same issue from the...

I have experienced the same issue from the different side when trying to paste my blog entries to ADVrider. I have to set the text color manually, which would in turn create the problems you are...
Forum: Ride reports 09-01-2014, 02:31 PM
Replies: 161
Views: 16,295
Posted By VladM
The narrative and pictures are so good that I...

The narrative and pictures are so good that I feel like I was there with you. This part especially gave me the shivers:

"I gathered all my gear and made a dash through the wet grass and mud to my...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 08-30-2014, 07:45 PM
Replies: 7,173
Views: 2,400,286
Posted By VladM
By the Kinzua dam, Allegheny, NY. ...

By the Kinzua dam, Allegheny, NY.

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-BPvw8adevzI/TFlSM_Cc7XI/AAAAAAAAUG4/WyQOgUHzbyw/s1152/IMG_4432.JPG
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 08-29-2014, 09:18 PM
Replies: 7,173
Views: 2,400,286
Posted By VladM
Death Valley (the one and only): ...

Death Valley (the one and only):

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-3JQpOi7wWnE/TjDZEatDdWI/AAAAAAAAXPk/vriNIKnqQk4/w1185-h889-no/IMG_7628.JPG

Right by the road approaching Los Alamos, NM:
...
Forum: Ride reports 08-29-2014, 08:25 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,334
Posted By VladM
Thank you Eldor. Your pictures are much better...

Thank you Eldor. Your pictures are much better than mine and your storytelling isn't bad either, so I'd say we're even :) (plus you didn't loose your camera mid-trip like I did).



My...
Forum: Ride reports 08-29-2014, 06:48 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,334
Posted By VladM
Eldor's excellent report is up, check it out...

Eldor's excellent report is up, check it out here:

http://advrider.com/forums/<wbr>showthread.php?t=1005112 (http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1005112)

In other news, I'm picking up...
Forum: Ride reports 08-29-2014, 03:57 AM
Replies: 161
Views: 16,295
Posted By VladM
Thumb Awesome report Eldor, keep it coming :clap. It...

Awesome report Eldor, keep it coming :clap. It was a great pleasure and honor meeting and riding with you :bow. Thank you for the colorful and flattering portrayal of yours truly, it definitely gave...
Forum: Day Trippin' 08-28-2014, 11:44 AM
Replies: 160
Views: 58,151
Posted By VladM
Thumb Just read through and have to :clap. Innovative...

Just read through and have to :clap. Innovative idea and unorthodox way to enjoy riding and the great outdoors. I enjoy your writing style too Papa, although I can't figure out about 30% of what you...
Forum: Ride reports 08-27-2014, 06:09 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,334
Posted By VladM
Hey Eldor! The pleasure was entirely mutual,...

Hey Eldor! The pleasure was entirely mutual, craziness notwithstanding :).

I'm looking forward to your report, as well as Ovidiu's. Just when you think you are "the meanest MoFo in the valley"...
Forum: Battle scooters 08-26-2014, 04:22 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,077
Posted By VladM
I used SS mushroom head bolts and big washers to...

I used SS mushroom head bolts and big washers to plug those holes. It worked very well and the bolt heads never bothered me. You may need larger washers or rubber pads for the lower pair because the...
Forum: Ride reports 08-22-2014, 12:02 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,334
Posted By VladM
Hi!

Hey Aaryn, what a pleasant surprise! Congrats on the move and the husband :wings. It would be a pleasure to see you again and I'll definitely let you know when I'm in the area. Just one more...
Forum: Battle scooters 08-21-2014, 05:29 PM
Replies: 3,384
Views: 1,322,201
Posted By VladM
They are going to eventually pave the Trans...

They are going to eventually pave the Trans Labrador, maybe even rename it to Taiga to Tundra Highway as I proposed :). It will still be an awesome ride if not as much of an adventure, especially if...
Forum: Ride reports 08-19-2014, 12:08 PM
Replies: 2,241
Views: 1,157,830
Posted By VladM
Stay strong

My sincere condolences Gene. There is no comfort but fond memories.

Vlad from GTAM (if you remember me)
Forum: Ride reports 08-19-2014, 04:02 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,334
Posted By VladM
Also, get a tire with symmetrical thread if you...

Also, get a tire with symmetrical thread if you can find it, possibly a winter one (even better grip). I got this Chinese Achilles and was more than happy with how it performed.
...
Forum: Ride reports 08-18-2014, 11:54 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,334
Posted By VladM
It looks like your biggest challenges will be...

It looks like your biggest challenges will be posed by the small tank and 12" tires.

~170Km/tank (if my ballpark figures are correct) means that you will need an extra 10L to cross those 400Km of...
Forum: Ride reports 08-18-2014, 07:21 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,334
Posted By VladM
Thanks for reading, I'm glad you liked it....

Thanks for reading, I'm glad you liked it. Majesty died and was left in Apohaqui, NB. The engine seized badly in the middle of the open highway after surviving the worst roads of Quebec, Labrador,...
Forum: Battle scooters 08-18-2014, 03:25 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 838
Posted By VladM
I just applied the parking brake. Had no problem...

I just applied the parking brake. Had no problem whatsoever taking it off or torquing it to factory spec when putting it on.



That one is a pain, but you still don't need a special tool.

...
Forum: Ride reports 08-17-2014, 10:40 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,334
Posted By VladM
The point I'm trying to make is not "ride...

The point I'm trying to make is not "ride whatever you have wherever your hart desires" even though such an approach has a lot of merit. What I'm saying is that Majesty was the best bike for a trip...
Forum: Battle scooters 08-17-2014, 08:52 AM
Replies: 3,384
Views: 1,322,201
Posted By VladM
It's a bit further away for you now, but it's not...

It's a bit further away for you now, but it's not out of reach. Next time I'll go from Maine to Nova Scotia first, then Newfoundland and over to Labrador. That way you get to ride the toughest part...
Forum: Ride reports 08-17-2014, 08:34 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,334
Posted By VladM
Thanks for the suggestion Nick. I seriously...

Thanks for the suggestion Nick. I seriously considered that approach, but it poses some big challenges:

- The report was originally posted in the blog as the ride progressed. I like to keep it...
Forum: Battle scooters 08-17-2014, 06:25 AM
Replies: 3,384
Views: 1,322,201
Posted By VladM
Her Majesty on Trans Labrador Highway: ...

Her Majesty on Trans Labrador Highway:

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-hGMMhOQELNI/U-oKTMKtBUI/AAAAAAAAtt4/6rE1iEZZ2nk/s1152/DSCN7295.JPG
...
Forum: Battle scooters 08-17-2014, 06:02 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,077
Posted By VladM
Try removing the backrest. I'm 5'10" and can...

Try removing the backrest. I'm 5'10" and can stretch my legs all the way without having to bend to reash to handlebars. Riding without the backrest proved no issue comfort-wise.



Second that....
Forum: Battle scooters 08-17-2014, 05:49 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 838
Posted By VladM
Second that. I got 15g sliders and they smoothed...

Second that. I got 15g sliders and they smoothed things out noticeably. 14g will give somewhat faster acceleration at the expense of higher revving. They will also last much longer than rollers.
...
Forum: Ride reports 08-16-2014, 05:41 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,467
Posted By VladM
I left Her Majesty (I call it that because it's...

I left Her Majesty (I call it that because it's my wife's bike) with a fellow rider and a mechanic in New Brunswick to be sold, as a whole or in pieces. The engine has seized badly and it's just a...
Forum: Ride reports 08-16-2014, 05:30 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,334
Posted By VladM
Well said Nick, I'm going to use that. All we...

Well said Nick, I'm going to use that.
All we really need is two wheels and a motor.

All that said, my idea of adventure is a trip that implies a certain level of struggle, be it fighting the...
Forum: Ride reports 08-16-2014, 03:12 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,334
Posted By VladM
Talking Thanks, that's what I thought too. However, after...

Thanks, that's what I thought too. However, after this trip I know I don't need no stinkin' knobbies :D. Adventure bike? I had an adventure bike that wasn't overtaken by a single GS the entire trip :)
Forum: Ride reports 08-16-2014, 02:37 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,334
Posted By VladM
The link to my fellow inmate Steve's report. He...

The link to my fellow inmate Steve's report. He was just a few days ahead of me and his blog was a valuable source of information and inspiration.

www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?p=24862119
Forum: Ride reports 08-16-2014, 02:17 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,334
Posted By VladM
Eek Trans-Labrador. On a scooter. On the dark side.

I've been lurking here for some time and read a lot of inspiring ride reports but never thought my rides really deserve the "adventure" prefix. Fellow ADVrider I met on Trans Labrador Highway (Eldor)...
Forum: Ride reports 08-16-2014, 01:55 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,467
Posted By VladM
Awesome writeup and gorgeous pictures, thank you...

Awesome writeup and gorgeous pictures, thank you for sharing Steve. :clap
Forum: Equipment 11-14-2012, 04:05 AM
Replies: 121
Views: 74,989
Posted By VladM
Long term update: Over 130,000Km on my...

Long term update:

Over 130,000Km on my Bandit and the horn is still blowing hard (i.e. not sucking :) ). It is pretty well protected from the elements, but it has survived a lot of washes and some...
Forum: Road warriors 12-21-2011, 05:09 AM
Replies: 3,003
Views: 868,662
Posted By VladM
Best looking bike I ever owned (and are likely to...

Best looking bike I ever owned (and are likely to own):

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-Kh6aw3si0cU/TvHZ_IOHToI/AAAAAAAAYJI/bghmcKkV7Ks/s800/Zephyr550.jpg
Forum: Ride reports 11-09-2011, 06:59 AM
Replies: 503
Views: 570,801
Posted By VladM
Question Where are the pictures?

I can't open the slideshows either...

Best wishes for fast recovery.
Forum: Ride reports 02-04-2011, 05:15 PM
Replies: 821
Views: 833,416
Posted By VladM
Cry Speachless

What an amazing adventure, breathtaking pictures and insightful commentary. What a tragic loss :cry. Izi, may his memory live forever, and you Sambor have enriched the lives of thousands of people...
Forum: Equipment 01-11-2011, 08:48 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,698
Posted By VladM
Second that. Double Front Dungaree for me: ...

Second that. Double Front Dungaree for me:

http://www.carhartt.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10101&storeId=10051&productId=131565&langId=-1&categoryId=10935

Much better...
Forum: Canada 12-03-2010, 08:23 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 10,116
Posted By VladM
Man, I'm so going to overload this thread with...

Man, I'm so going to overload this thread with pictures :)

Cheltenham badlands
http://lh4.ggpht.com/_tUdGe9URGgE/RwjjQ0rMXWI/AAAAAAAAFCg/_E3c4mke61U/s912/Picture%20055.jpg
Scarborough Bluffs...
Forum: Americas 11-26-2010, 08:56 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,615
Posted By VladM
Wow, that is way off. Why don't you let Google...

Wow, that is way off. Why don't you let Google know, they seem pretty good at fixing stuff users point out. I had them put the right name on Trans Taiga Road...
Forum: GPS Tracks - Alaska & Canada 01-22-2010, 10:10 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,748
Posted By VladM
James Bay Road and Trans-Taiga Road?

You can't get to arctic circle in Quebec, but you can still get pretty far north and enjoy some amazing roads and scenery. James Bay Road if pavement only is your thing and you want to get as far...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 03-15-2009, 05:10 PM
Replies: 3,774
Views: 831,554
Posted By VladM
The longest serviice-free stretch of asphalt on the continent...

James Bay Road:

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_5qi8eXbUiNE/SJ5kpfWusCI/AAAAAAAAAhs/0ewFXBaNvk4/s640/100_8791.JPG

Yes, the next gas station is that far, and so is the next human settlement. Nothing but...
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